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Hector Santiago lasts only five frames in loss to A's
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Hector Santiago lasted five innings Friday against the Athletics.

Santiago allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Santiago gave up his first run against the first batter he faced. Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run out to left center off Santiago in the first inning. He was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice, a run wound up coming around on a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar. Santiago was able to get out of the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth. Santiago threw 98 pitches.

With the loss, Santiago dropped to 3-8. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start.

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Sonny Gray nearly goes the distance for win No. 13
by Igor Mello |

Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray nearly went the distance and still picked up his 13th win of the season Friday night against the Angels. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 8 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 26 starts (171 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Houston.

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Sean Doolittle picks up two-out save Friday
by Igor Mello |

Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed three runners on base but still managed to pick up a rare two-out save Friday night against the Angels. Doolittle struck out two, allowed two hits and a walk in two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He has converted 19 of 22 save chances, with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 54 1/3 innings of relief.

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Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 

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Angel Pagan day-to-day with calf injury
by Chris Cwik |

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is day-to-day with a calf injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pagan was replaced in the bottom of the ninth inning due to the injury. He went 2 for 5, with one run scored prior to being lifted. Pagan missed time recently due to a back injury.

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Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from neck
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from his neck recently, according to MASN.

Fister pitched Friday night with stitches on his neck. After the game, he told reporters he had skin cancer removed. Fister stressed that he was OK. Fister said the procedure had no impact on the way he pitched Friday. It doesn't seem like Fister expects the issue to keep him from pitching at this time. 

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White Sox option Eric Surkamp
by Chris Cwik |

White Sox pitcher Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Triple-A following Friday's game.

The club will wait until Saturday to make a corresponding move. Surkamp posted a 6.91 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in the majors. 

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Clint Barmes could return Monday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates infielder Clint Barmes could return to the club Monday, according to

Barmes is attempting to come back from a groin injury. He's been on a rehab assignment for a few days, and is nearing a return. Manager Clint Hurdle expressed some optimism that Barmes could be back as soon as Monday. Barmes is hitting .239 over 88 at-bats.

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Xander Bogaerts leaves after being hit in the head
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Bogaerts was hit in the head while up to bat in the fifth inning. Trainers looked at Bogaerts following the play, but he managed to stay in the game. Bogaerts actually stayed in through the following inning, but was pulled at the beginning of the seventh. He will be evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts was 0 for 1 with a strikeout before leaving the game. 

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Ryan Zimmerman to 'ramp up' throwing sessions
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman will "ramp up" his throwing sessions, according to

Zimmerman threw for the first time Thursday, and did not report any issues with his hamstring Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was "on his way" back. Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to tearing his hamstring. 

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